Bipolar Disorder: Diagnostic Conundrums and Associated Comorbidities
J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(8):e26
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Many patients with bipolar disorder are initially
misdiagnosed. Clinicians may incorrectly diagnose bipolar disorder as unipolar
depression, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, or
substance use disorder. The consequences of misdiagnosis can include
intensified manic symptoms, reduced quality of life, and increased risk of
suicide. To correctly diagnose patients with bipolar disorder, clinicians must
be aware of associated comorbidities and methods of differentiating bipolar
disorder from other illnesses.
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